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Has anyone painted a Split System Air Con?

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Andrew H, 17th Mar, 2016.

  1. Andrew H

    Andrew H Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone out there painted a Split system Air Con? or any aircon for that matter. Inside only.
    I have some that all work perfectly fine in my IP's, but the air-cons are yellow from age. I'm thinking a plastic primer after a sand, followed by whatever topcoat i feel like will last. I'll probably use a gloss white 2-pac marine paint as i have some hand and its a lot better quality and cheap compared to acrylic or bunnings types.
     
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    Why? It is plastic, paint will not adhere to it without proper surface preparation
     
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    i said above i'll sand it. Also it would depend on what paint you use. why? to change the colour and refresh the old look.
     
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    We have a media room and we installed an air-con. Didn't want a white blob hanging on the wall when watching movies, etc.

    So we painted the air-con the same colour as the walls. We did the same thing with all the speaker covers (as they were white). With them, had to be careful not to fill in the holes.

    We used cans of spray paint. That was a couple of years ago. Still looks fine.
     
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    Interesting. I always assumed that vibrations from the motor would cause the paint to crack. Sounds like that's not necessarily the case.
     
  6. Tony Fleming

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    This is something I would so do. Let us know how it goes @Andrew H
     
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    Another alternative would be to wrap it. 3m
     
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    Sanding won't cut it - you will need to use a surface preparation like 'penetrol' otherwise the paint is just as likely to peel or be able to be scratched off with your fingernail.
     
  9. Andrew H

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    @Scott No Mates. I didnt mention I work for a paint brand that manufactures paint and there are plenty of paints you dont even require a sand for it to stick. Not just our brand. We have paints and that stick to glass with no preparation required, we've even used it for splashbacks and tiles for fun. Sanding will enhance the surface profile. If you are referring to acrylic house paints then i see your point of view. I'm referring to industrial and marine paints.
     
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    Pics for proof....

    I think this is a terrible idea...

    I will look like garbage and probably void any warranty you have on it
     
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    I reckon i'm going to do it anyway including replicating the "name brand" logo's. Wink wink. will take some before and after shots and see how we go. If it looks ok and gets a positive view from a valuer instead of negative i'm all for it. There too old to worry about any warranty, i would have pulled out the equity long before i give a *hit. By then they'll probably need to be replaced.
     
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    For the non-believers!!!

    The first photo shows the whole unit; the second one is a close up of the paint work.
    IMG_0746.JPG IMG_0747.JPG

    I took these with my iPhone. If you had asked me nicely, I would have used my Nikon, tripod, flashguns, etc and taken some professional photos :) :).


    Wow!!! Didn't expect that comment. You may think what you want. I have seen the outcome in real life. It works really well. Far better than having a white blob on the wall!!!!

    "Will looks like garbage" - that comment is absolute rubbish!!!!. What a load of BS.

    It looks fantastic. We designed and built our PPOR 4 to 5 years ago. It has a dedicated media room which was design and built by a AV specialist. A photo of it appears on another thread on PC. The dedicated media room air-conditioner was painted and installed by a air-conditioning technician. We have used this company many times to install air-conditioning in our IPs - they are not cowboys!!!

    I haven't checked the warranty - probably expired by now. If we had a problem, I would just call our installer.

    With the amount of money, I spent on this house, and on the media room, there is no way I would want it to look like garbage. I may not know what I am talking about BUT I am not that stupid.

    Geez, some people!!!!
     
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    It is a split system. I would imagine that the motor is outside.
     
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    Good point. I never really thought about it.
     
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    Nice picture did you use your microwave to take it? Lol

    Also it does look like its painted and in real life probably looks pretty bad. If you are happy with it that's what counts :D
     
  16. Johnny Cashflow

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    I'd rather be doing this.

    Or using that black plastidip that sprays on and then it can be peeled off after if it looks bad
     
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    Yep, the air conditioning unit is painted. I already said that. That is what this thread is all about. BTW, in case you can't work it out, the wall behind the unit is also painted.

    I have already said that it looks great. If I can't convince you via photos, why don't you come up for a look.
     
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    Yeah go for it.
    I've painted a textured car dash insert before, no bubbles from the heat or anything. It's all in the prep. ESP is great.
    I would try it for sure.
     
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    The painted air Cond looks great. Vents now come in different colours to colour match different ceilings.
     
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    Looks great, it's not something I have considered before.
     
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